Mount Isa clothing store Playtime damaged by rolling car

The car that is understood to have rolled into the front of the Playtime store in West Street on Tuesday night. Photo: Contributed.

The car that is understood to have rolled into the front of the Playtime store in West Street on Tuesday night. Photo: Contributed.

SPECIALIST officers from Brisbane or Townsville will likely examine an impounded Holden Monaro after it hit the front window of a West Street business. 

Clothing store Playtime has structural damage and a front window smashed after the car hit the building at about 9pm, Tuesday. 

Nobody was injured from the incident. 

Mount Isa police sergeant Jeremy Young said the car “somehow rolled into the front of the shop”. 

“That’s what happened but we don’t know the cause of it, whether the passenger knocked it into gear or out of gear, but we have yet to speak to the passenger and driver to confirm that actually happened,” Sergeant Young said on Wednesday morning. 

It had been parked in West Street with the engine running. The driver was in another store but a passenger was in the car. 

“The car has been impounded to see if there’s anything mechanically wrong with it,” he said.

Police have yet to determine if there were any traffic violations. 

Playtime owner Phillip Beard takes necessary precautions while cleaning the front of the damaged store on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chris Burns.

Playtime owner Phillip Beard takes necessary precautions while cleaning the front of the damaged store on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chris Burns.

Playtime’s front side window was boarded up by Wednesday morning, and the owner, Phillip Beard, could be found cleaning the glass and display with gloves and a mask on. 

Mr Beard said the mask was a precaution because of how fine the glass had been – almost the consistency of “icing sugar”. 

The front of the open store looked like “the side of the ark” but was secure. 

The business was insured. “The only thing is it will be a bloody big excess...in this economic climate it’s not something you need on a Tuesday night, through no fault of your own.” 

The side window of the front of the open Playtime store on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chris Burns.

The side window of the front of the open Playtime store on Wednesday morning. Photo: Chris Burns.

He said the car had mounted the curb and hit the window with a “considerable amount of force”, judging from the break of the glass and by how much the display had been pushed inward. 

“It wasn’t just rolling, it was accelerated,” Mr Beard said. 

Mr Beard said the stock on display behind the window was likely ruined because of a health risk that could be caused by the glass. 

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